Manufacturing Today - Summer 2012 - (Page 12)
developing quality systems for the next decade
Quality systems are constantly evolving to balance the demands of complex regulatory and production environments with recession-inspired, cost-cutting measures. Some of these changes result from stricter guidelines, while others come from technology innovations. Regardless, it is important to remember that “quality” is more than just a person with a clipboard taking measurements. Rather it encompasses the complete process of design, engineering, manufacturing and post-production support, all of which impact the entire organization. By providing traceability and visibility, quality systems assist companies in reducing rework and redesign issues, while positively impacting a company’s fiscal performance.
Compliance and Quality
Some business owners have not leveraged the far-reaching effects of maintaining quality throughout their organizations. Quality processes exist but few companies have the complete visibility to monitor total product quality. They may be compliant with industry standards, regulations or laws without having solid quality standards. Yet, when these standards are deficient, compliance documentation issues increase, resulting in unnecessary labor costs. Many try to solve this problem using spreadsheets, homegrown systems and commercial offthe-shelf products. These solutions all lack one crucial component: the ability to access information from anywhere in the organization, whether from another job site in another town, state or country. The answer comes from using an integrated quality management system to allow visibility of compliance data across the enterprise in a timely basis.
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Tapemark is a leading-edge contract manufacturer for the global pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer products industries. As the West St. Paul, Minn.-based firm grew, its data management system began hindering operational efficiency. The company was using a mix of traditional quality approaches including computer-based 12
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